Iraq News and Information Links May 21 2004
SOLDIER who deserted Iraq gets year in jail, bad conduct…
Access North Georgia – Gainesville,GA,USA
… was sentenced to a year in jail and a bad conduct discharge after a
military jury found him guilty of desertion for leaving his combat unit
in Iraq in protest…
www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=38631

PENTAGON investigating 33 deaths of detainees in Iraq and…
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
WASHINGTON ˆ The Pentagon said Friday the military has undertaken 33
criminal investigations of deaths of detainees held by US forces in Iraq
and Afghanistan…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/052204dnintusiraq.c85b6.html

CAN Iraq Get Any Worse?
The Nation – USA
* The head of the picked-in-Washington Governing Council in Iraq was assassinated
just outside the highly protected command center of the occupation six
weeks…
www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=1453

OFW REDEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ PROPOSED
Philippine Headline News – Manila,Philippines
… Special envoy to the Middle East Roy Cimatu recommended to the government
yesterday that Filipino workers be redeployed in selected areas in Iraq
where their…
www.newsflash.org/2004/02/hl/hl100392.htm

BUSH to Outline 'Clear Strategy' for Iraq Monday
Reuters – USA
By David Morgan. BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) – President Bush will share
a “clear strategy” for guiding the future of Iraq in a Monday night speech
intended to…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5223896

SOLDIER Who Failed to Return to Iraq Is Convicted of Desertion
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
Florida National Guard sergeant who failed to return to his unit in Iraq
after a leave home, saying he no longer believed in the war, was found
guilty today of…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/21/international/middleeast/21CND-DESERT.html

REPORTER freed as Spain completes Iraq pullout
ABC Online – Australia
The last Spanish troops have left Iraq, a move seen as a snub to US President
George W Bush but popular among Spaniards. Spain's…
<www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1113599.htm

HOUSE panel erupts into bickering over Iraq
MSNBC – USA
WASHINGTON – A House committee hearing on Iraq erupted in partisan bickering
Friday, leaving top generals sitting silently as Democrats and Republicans
argued…
<msnbc.msn.com/id/5031932/

NEW Abuse Images Pile Pressure on US in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Fresh images, including graphic video of US soldiers
beating and humiliating Iraqis, rocked the US mission in Iraq again Friday,
days…
<www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5223646

IRAQ: CASTAGNETTI, BERLUSCONI SHOULD HAVE TOLD THE USA
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… Our objective isn't retreat but rather to bring peace to Iraq and we
believe that if more importance isn't accorded to the peace keepers coalition
and the UN…
www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200405212117-1245-RT1-CRO-0-NF11&page=0&id=agionline-eng.oggitalia

WORST Iraq prison abuse occurred on single day
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… of the worst abuses that have come to light from the Abu Ghraib prison
happened on a single November day amid a flare of insurgent violence in
Iraq, the deaths…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0504/21abuseday.html

IRAQ Governing Council Slams US for Chalabi Raid
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Members of Iraq's Governing Council condemned a raid
on the house and offices of Washington's former top Iraq ally Ahmad Chalabi
and said…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5223003

NEW images of Iraq prisoner abuse surface, Spanish troops leave…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… troops — a small number remaining from 1,430 initially deployed—
crossed the border into Kuwait after leaving their base at Diwaniyah in
southern Iraq.…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86248/1/.html

TIMELINE of events in Iraq around abuse
MLive.com – MI,USA
_ Aug. 14, 2003: US military in Iraq begins contracting for interrogators
with CACI International Inc. under a $19.9 million contract. _ Aug.…
www.mlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/national-24/108516236452030.xml

US Arrests Rebel Cleric's Supporters in North Iraq
Reuters – USA
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – US and Iraqi forces stormed offices of rebel Shi'ite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the northern city of Kirkuk and detained 15
people…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5223215

HOUSE Panel on Iraq Erupts Into Partisan Bickering
Washington Post – USA
… Jeff Miller attacked Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for saying yesterday
that Bush's “leadership and the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence
in…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45366-2004May21.html

BUSH to speak on Iraq handover process
CNN – USA
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (CNN) — President Bush will deliver an “important
speech” about the transfer of political power in Iraq on Monday night,
a White House…
www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/05/21/bush.iraq/

SKELTON Tells Generals Iraq Turmoil Could Damage US (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — The US must bring safety and stability to Iraq soon
``or we will write a very damaging chapter in American history,'' said
Ike Skelton of…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aZFmZQhH5jnU&refer=us

HOUSE panel erupts into bickering over Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP) A House committee hearing on Iraq erupted in partisan bickering
Friday, leaving top Pentagon generals sitting silently as Democrats and

www.boston.com/dailynews/142/wash/House_panel_erupts_into_bicker:.shtml

IRAQ: New Abuse Details
Washington Post – USA
… Do you feel that they have run their course? Do you think that the
media's continued running of these stories is damaging to our troops efforts
in Iraq?…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44952-2004May21.html

US Soldier Found Guilty of Deserting Unit in Iraq
Reuters – USA
FORT STEWART, Ga. (Reuters) – A US soldier who failed to return to his
unit in Iraq after taking a two-week leave to the United States last year
was found…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5222624

NEW images of Iraq prisoner abuse surface
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… by US military police which President George W. Bush's administration
had tried to keep hidden were published to add to the woes of the US-led
coalition in Iraq…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86240/1/.html

BRAHIMI ˜ ready for the Iraq challenge
MSNBC – USA
… Bush to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Shiite leader Ayatollah
Ali Sistani, is looking to Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN's special envoy for
Iraq, to help tame…
msnbc.msn.com/id/4997783/

LAST Spanish Troops Leave Iraq, Snubbing Bush
Reuters – USA
MADRID (Reuters) – The last Spanish troops left Iraq on Friday in what
was seen as a snub to President Bush but a popular move among Spaniards.

www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5222568

TWO held over beheading in Iraq
Independent Online – South Africa
Baghdad – Occupation forces in Iraq are holding two people suspected of
possible involvement in the kidnap and beheading of American Nicholas
Berg this month…
www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw108515628319B262&click_id=2813&set_id=1

GOVERNMENT Bids to Curb Iraq Troops Speculation
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… News. The Government today moved to damp down expectations that it
was about to deploy thousands more British troops to Iraq. Ministers…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2959778

US Detained 4 Suspects in Berg Murder in Iraq, 2 Set Free
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — The US detained four men two days ago in Baghdad
on suspicion of involvement in the murder of American Nicholas Berg in
Iraq, US Army…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a5srSAVA4jhs&refer=us

AL-JAZEERA man killed in Iraq
Guardian – UK
The death toll of journalists in Iraq rose again today, with the shooting
overnight of another newsman from the al-Jazeera TV channel.…
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1221920,00.html

SPAIN Completes Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
Guardian – UK
MADRID, Spain (AP) – Spain completed its troop withdrawal from Iraq on
Friday as the last of its soldiers crossed the border into Kuwait, the
Defense Ministry…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4116418,00.html

SPANISH Soldiers Complete Iraq Withdrawal; Journalist Freed
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — Spain's last contingent of soldiers in Iraq left
the country today, completing a withdrawal ordered by Prime Minister Jose
Luis Rodriguez…
<quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=a6KjT2oAh5iA&refer=europe

BUSH Works to Ease GOP Fears Over Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
WASHINGTON (AP)—A day after President Bush sought to quell Republican
fears over the beleaguered Iraq campaign, Pentagon leaders are delivering
a progress…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V7387.AP-US-Iraq.html

AS Spain Withdraws, Italy Pledges to Keep Troops In Iraq
Deutsche Welle – Germany
Even as the last Spanish troops are pulled out of Iraq this week, Italian
premier Silvio Berlusconi has announced his government will keep troops
in the…
www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1430_A_1209501_1_A,00.html

PRISON unit in Iraq used rules from Afghan war
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… The interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was run by a military
intelligence unit that had served in Afghanistan and brought to Iraq the
aggressive rules…
www.iht.com/articles/521012.htm

INTERVIEW-US oil firms need Russia's Iraq experience
Forbes – USA
MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) – US oil firms in Iraq have had to ask for Russian
help to rebuild an oil infrastructure that was dominated by the Soviet
Union for…
www.forbes.com/home/newswire/2004/05/21/rtr1380261.html

14 US Military Bases Under Construction In Iraq
Axis of Logic – USA
… that 14 US military bases are already under construction, enough to
accommodate the (for the moment) 110,000 American soldiers who will stay
in Iraq until at…
www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_7942.shtml

US Congress Seeking More Information on Contractors in Iraq
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — The US Congress may force the Pentagon to disclose
the roles of civilian contractors and private security firms in Iraq after
allegations…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aHT5mc1ZzE5s&refer=us

UK Troops 'Available When Needed in Iraq'
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The Government was willing to send more troops to Iraq if necessary without
a House of Commons resolution, the Defence Secretary said today.…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2958781

SCHRöDER to oppose NATO role in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
BERLIN Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany, seeking to head off any
attempt to use NATO forces in Iraq, has said that he would speak clearly
against any…
www.iht.com/articles/521058.htm

IRAQ – – Right to go in ; right to get out
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
… But the French contractual benefits from Iraq led Saddam Hussein to
rest assured that France would veto any UN Security Council resolution.

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/21/EDGD56OL3Q1.DTL

US bases in Iraq's Najaf being attacked
Xinhua – China
… forces have been locked in furious clashes with Sadr's militiamen since
the popular leader began an uprising across central and southern Iraq
last month.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/21/content_1483801.htm

GERMAN Chancellor Schroeder Opposes NATO Role in Iraq, NYT Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he would
oppose any use of NATO forces in Iraq when the alliance meets in Istanbul
next month…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000100&sid=aWPx5wPI81G4&refer=germany

SPAIN Says All Its Troops Leaving Iraq on Friday
Reuters – USA
MADRID (Reuters) – All Spanish troops will have left Iraq by Friday evening,
the government said. “All the soldiers will have left…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5220126

THE Iraq Exit Strategy! or Why Only Saddam Hussein Can Save Iraq…
OpEdNews – USA
The answer may sound crazy but Iraq is a crazy place; the predicament that
President Bush has gotten us into is crazy; and the solution to the problem
of…
www.opednews.com/boyne052104_saddam.htm

BUSH Confers with Hill Republicans on Iraq
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: President Bush meets privately with congressional Republicans
to discuss the situation in Iraq and shore up support.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=1903729

US faces more allegations of Iraq torture
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The US on Friday faced fresh allegations of torture in Iraq, further undermining
confidence in President Bush's handling of the postwar situation in Iraq
and…
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/
StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1084907735562

US Arrests Rebel Cleric's Supporters in North Iraq
Reuters – USA
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – US forces and Iraqi police stormed an office of
rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the northern city of Kirkuk and
arrested 11 of…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5219061

'ABSOLUTELY awful' Iraq pictures play into terrorists' hands: EU…
EUbusiness – London,UK
Pictures of civilians who were killed by US forces while attending a wedding
in Iraq are likely to encourage terrorism in the Islamic world, a top
European…
www.eubusiness.com/afp/040521095310.engtiyl3

AFGHAN Policies on Questioning Prisoners Taken to Iraq
The Ledger – Lakeland,FL,USA
… The interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was run by a military
intelligence unit that had served in Afghanistan and that had taken to
Iraq the aggressive…
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040521/ZNYT03/405210434

IRAQ Governing Council Member Condemns US Raid
Reuters – USA
… on Friday US authorities were wrong to raid Governing Council member
Ahmad Chalabi's headquarters and accused them of trying to hijack Iraq's
political future.…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=reutersEdge&storyID=5218796

AFTER Raid.. Chalabi Tells US To Leave Iraq
Islam Online – UK
… raid by Iraqi police on his office and home, Iraqi Governing Council
member Ahmed Chalabi, once a favorite of the Pentagon to lead the post-war
Iraq, called on…
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-05/21/article01.shtml

LAST Spanish troops leave Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
The last Spanish soldiers in Iraq are leaving, fulfilling the election
pledge made by the new Spanish government to withdraw its troops from
the country.…
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3734751.stm

LAST Spanish troops leaving Iraq
CNN International – USA
MADRID, Spain — The last Spanish troops have left their base in Iraq,
and are in the process of leaving the country, a Defense Ministry spokesman
in Madrid…
edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/05/21/iraq.spain/

SCHROEDER says he will oppose sending NATO troops to Iraq
Channel News Asia – Singapore
WASHINGTON : German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he will oppose sending
NATO troops to Iraq during the alliance's summit next month in Istanbul,
in an…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86167/1/.html

US Raids its one-time Iraq ally
National Post (subscription) – Canada
… Officials of the US-led coalition in Iraq denied the raid had anything
to do with the oil-for-food investigations, but Mr. Chalabi said items
taken by the US…
www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=37ed5e10-a923-4809-b871-5bd1b7bbd61a

PRESIDENT discusses Iraq war, economy
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
… Republicans in Congress, made a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday
and assured GOP lawmakers that his plan for a transition to self-rule
in Iraq was on…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/8717903.htm

MANY Iraq interpreters unskilled, soldiers say
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
A San Diego company supplying hundreds of interpreters to US forces in
Iraq is hiring people who speak limited English and have no professional
experience as…
www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20040521-9999-1n21titan.html

SOUTH Korea now set to deploy troops to Iraq by August
Channel News Asia – Singapore
SEOUL : South Korea will send a military mission to northern Iraq next
week to finalize plans for the deployment by August of thousands of troops
there…
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86152/1/.html

NEW UN Resolution Taking Shape on Iraq Transition
Wired News – USA
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States and Britain want a new UN
resolution to call for “full” sovereignty for Iraq, albeit with such limitations
as an…
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=867735&tw=wn_wire_story

RP may redeploy civilian workers in Iraq
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
Roy Cimatu, head of a special diplomatic team to Iraq, recommended Friday
that the government allow Filipino civilian workers to be redeployed in
Iraq but only…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=17365

TOP job in Iraq said to be offered
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… days, roughly,” Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told a meeting yesterday
of representatives from countries that have contributed to the US-led
effort in Iraq…
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2004/05/21/top_job_in_iraq_said_to_be_offered

IRAQ Hand-over Plans 'A Shambles', Says Tory MP
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
A Conservative MP who has just returned from Iraq delivered a scathing
broadside on US policy in the country today, saying preparations for the
hand-over of…
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2956788

US Denies Bombing Iraq Wedding Party Where 50 Were Killed
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, May 21 (NNN): Dozens of people celebrating a marriage in the west
of Iraq were killed when a bomb struck the wedding party.…
www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=052004112345

QLD company loses lucrative Iraq contract
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: A Queensland company which was one of the first Australian
firms to win a contract in post-war Iraq has found itself shut out of
the strife-torn…
www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2004/s1113216.htm

ARAB summit to focus on Iraq and Palestinians
Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis,IN,USA
… of some leaders to attend threaten to mar this weekend's Arab League
Summit — expected to focus on the deteriorating situation in Iraq, spiraling
violence in…
www.indystar.com/articles/3/148378-5973-010.html

AL-JAZEERA cameraman, eight others, killed in holy Iraq city
Channel News Asia – Singapore
KARBALA, Iraq : A Iraqi cameraman working for the pan-Arab satellite television
station Al-Jazeera was among nine civilians killed during a night of fighting

www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/86130/1/.html

HOME of US ally is raided in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… yesterday raided the Baghdad mansion and offices of Ahmed Chalabi,
Washington's longtime ally who was once favored by the Pentagon brass
to be Iraq's post-war…
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/05/21/home_of_us_ally_is_raided_in_iraq

BUSH works to ease Republican fears over troubled Iraq campaign
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
A day after President Bush sought to quell Republican fears over the beleaguered
Iraq campaign, Pentagon leaders are delivering a progress report to lawmakers.

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/05/20/national0218EDT0425.DTL

AFTERMATH OF DEADLY US BOMBING: Iraq attack details disputed
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
RAMADI, Iraq — As survivors tell it, the wedding party was in full swing
when revelers heard the roar of US warplanes. Fearing…
www.freep.com/news/nw/iraq21_20040521.htm

US RAIDS IRAQ 'ALLY'
New York Post – New York,NY,USA
… payments to his Iraqi National Congress, the anti-Saddam Hussein exile
group that supplied questionable prewar intelligence information about
Iraq's weapons of…
www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/21370.htm

LAST Spanish Troops Have Left Iraq Base – – Radio
Reuters – USA
MADRID (Reuters) – The last Spanish troops have left their base in Diwaniya,
southern Iraq, state radio reported on Friday. “There…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5215744

EXPECT a new exit strategy for Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The United States, Britain, Italy, Japan, and, separately, Australia, have
said over the past few days that they will pull their troops out of Iraq
if the new…
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1085091008769&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

ALJAZEERA cameraman killed in Iraq
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
… As many as 27 other journalists have been killed in Iraq since the
start of the war in March 2003, according to the Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ).…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B826A0B2-9FC4-42E3-AD05-76E84744A630.htm

TROOPS raid Iraq office of ex-Bush ally Chalabi
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US and Iraqi forces raided and ransacked the headquarters
Thursday of Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi leader who was a favorite of the
Bush…
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2583238

BUSH seeks GOP backing on Iraq plan
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Making a rare visit to a roiling Capitol Hill, President George W.
Bush Thursday appealed to congressional Republicans to stick with him
on Iraq and stick…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usbush0521,0,3481747.story?coll=ny-nation-big-pix

DOWN the drain in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… Bill Clinton won that election with the slogan: “It's the economy,
stupid.” This time around I suspect that the slogan will be: “It's Iraq,
stupid,” and the…
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/05/21/down_the_drain_in_iraq

RAID targets Iraq home of longtime Pentagon ally Chalabi
Springfield News Leader – Springfield,MO,USA
Baghdad, Iraq ˜ Iraqi police backed by American soldiers raided the home
and offices Thursday of Ahmad Chalabi, a prominent Iraqi politician once
groomed by…
www.news-leader.com/today/0521-Raidtarget-92907.html

OUR man in Iraq
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
The future ambassador to Iraq, John D. Negroponte, cannot yet identify
the scope of his duties upon arrival in Baghdad, except to confirm they
will be vast.…
www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0521fri1-21.html

US Marine killed in vehicle accident in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A US Marine died in a vehicle accident while conducting
''security and stability operations'' in western Iraq, the military said
Friday.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/142/world/U_S_Marine_killed_in_vehicle_a:.shtml

PAKISTAN would mull Iraq request for troops
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Pakistan's foreign minister said yesterday his country would consider sending
troops to Iraq after the United States transfers power June 30, but only
if the…
washingtontimes.com/world/20040520-114557-4135r.htm

US troops raid one-time ally's home in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — US intelligent operatives and Iraqi police raided the
offices and home of Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi yesterday,
signaling…
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wochal0521,0,3324179.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

SOLDIER in Desertion Case Says Opposed Iraq War
Reuters – USA
FORT STEWART, Ga (Reuters) – A US soldier charged with deserting from the
Iraq war on Thursday cited opposition to the conflict and testified the
US Army had…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5212769

ITALIAN Lawmakers Reject Withdrawing Troops From Iraq, AFP Says
Bloomberg – USA
May 21 (Bloomberg) — Italy's lower house of parliament rejected a motion
calling for the withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq after Prime Minister
Silvio…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=a7dEsqRvkwkU&refer=europe

WHITE House's secrecy on Iraq matters is an insult to all…
Asheville Citizen Times – Asheville,NC,USA
… revelations of Berg's relationship with the US government paint a grim
picture of how far government officials are willing to go to cover up
operations in Iraq…
cgi.citizen-times.com/cgi-bin/story/columnist/55169?storytemplate=columnist

OF civilian workers in Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer – Makati City,Philippines
THE HEAD of a special Philippine diplomatic team on Friday recommended
the government allow Filipino civilian workers to be redeployed in Iraq
but only in…
www.inq7.net/brk/2004/may/21/brkofw_1-1.htm

STANDING of Former Key US Ally in Iraq Falls to New Low
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
A year ago, as US troops swept toward Baghdad, Ahmed Chalabi and about
400 hastily assembled fighters were secretly airlifted into southern Iraq
to rally other…
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43775-2004May20.html

AFGHAN Policies on Questioning Taken to Iraq
New York Times – USA
… The interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was run by a military
intelligence unit that had served in Afghanistan and that had taken to
Iraq more aggressive…
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/21/politics/21ABUS.html?ex=1085716800&en=7bfb6ae6a6962a9e&ei=5062

US obliterates Iraq 'wedding party,' over 40 die
eTaiwan News – Taipei,Taiwan
A US aircraft fired on a house in the desert near the Syrian border, and
Iraqi officials said more than 40 people were killed, including children.

www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/05/21/1085105668.htm

ITALIANS to stay in Iraq, says Berlusconi
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
ROME – Italian troops will stay in Iraq until democracy has taken hold,
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday, denouncing opposition
calls for an…
www.nzherald.co.nz/latestnewsstory.cfm?storyID=3567824&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

BUSH Visit with Lawmakers Comes as Republicans Worry About Iraq,…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The visit comes as growing numbers of Republicans are expressing concern
about Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq and other issues. With…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=1C23AB66-BD86-4538-9997EA3B607D67FA

UN Panels Probing Iraq Oil-for-Food Program Argue Over Document…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
The head of the UN appointed panel that is looking into allegations of
corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food program says competing investigations
are waging a…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=7692BF79-0D7A-4D57-833C9F08C5FEB461

IRAQ riles you most in 15 years of views
USA Today – USA
… headline: “Should cowboy Bush ride into the sunset?” As a former combat
infantryman in World War II, I suggested “the best way to support troops
in Iraq is to…
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/neuharth/2004-05-20-neuharth_x.htm

US troops raid HQ of former protégé in Iraq
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Ahmed Chalabi, once the US's favoured candidate to become president of
Iraq, turned on his former patrons yesterday after local police and US
troops raided his…
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FT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1084907725977

BOXER takes the ring before heading to Iraq
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Or an Army National Guardsman facing deployment to Iraq. … When he
found out he was going to Iraq, he said, `I'd really like to fight at
the Blue Horizon.…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/8716721.htm

SURVIVORS of Iraq bombing recount grim scene
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
RAMADI, Iraq ˆ As survivors tell it, the wedding party was in full swing.
… Weddings are often marked in Iraq with celebratory gunfire.…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/052104dnintiraqrdp.22599.html

BRITONS keen to work in Iraq, says project firm
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
Foster Wheeler Energy, the first British company to win reconstruction
work in Iraq, yesterday reported “significant interest” from Britons wanting
to work…
www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2004/05/21/
cnirq21.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/portal/2004/05/21/ixportal.html

AUST company loses Iraq contract
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
One of Australia's biggest post-war contracts in Iraq has collapsed amid
allegations of corruption, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/21/1085028503003.html

US bid to destroy Iraq prison
The Australian – Australia
… said. The abuse that happened at the prison “really created a bad perception
in Iraq”, Weldon said. “So my feeling is, tear it down.…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9622052%255E1702,00.html

BUSH discusses Iraq, economy with Republicans
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… Republicans in Congress, made a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday
and assured GOP lawmakers that his plan for a transition to self-rule
in Iraq was on…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/8706422.htm

IRAQ'S Chalabi infuriated by US raid on his office
Xinhua – China
… I am America's best friend in Iraq. … We are grateful to President
Bush for liberating Iraq but it is time for the Iraqi people to run their
affairs,” he added.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/21/content_1481774.htm

SOLDIER who abandoned unit in Iraq says he believed Army owed him…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) A US soldier charged with desertion for leaving
his unit in Iraq contended Thursday at this … 'I did have problems in
Iraq,'' Mejia said.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/141/nation/Soldier_who_abandoned_unit_in_:.shtml

BIDEN: Meet Iraq deadline; Says no transfer plan set
Delaware Capitol Review – Dover,DE,USA
WASHINGTON – Meeting the looming deadline of June 30 to turn over at least
some control of Iraq to an Iraqi government is a necessity for the United
States, Sen…
www.newszap.com/articles/2004/05/21/dm/central_delaware/dsn03.txt

ITALY bolsters Iraq troop commitment
ABC Online – Australia
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says Italian troops will stay
in Iraq until democracy has taken hold. Speaking just hours…
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1112804.htm

CITING former Connecticut prison boss in Iraq, Sen. Schumer seeks…
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
… Charles Schumer urged the Department of Justice Thursday to dig deeper
into the role civilian contractors may have played in prison abuses in
Iraq, saying the…
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ct—prisonabuse-
armst0520may20,0,3219576.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

IRAQ deserves more than cheap shots
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
… Yesterday in the Independent, Mr Howard wrote a piece that tried to
score points about Iraq. … The Iraq operation is a joint one, agreed
in advance.…
www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/
05/21/do2102.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2004/05/21/ixopinion.html

US Investigates Attack in Western Iraq
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
American military commanders in Iraq are investigating what Iraqis say
was a deadly attack by US warplanes on civilians in a remote area of the
country near…
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BUSH Sees No Iran-Dominated State in Iraq
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush said he does not believe a Shi'ite
state dominated by Iran will emerge in Iraq, according to a transcript
released on…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5211024

SCHRöDER to oppose NATO role in Iraq
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… seeking to knock down an idea being floated by the United States to
use NATO forces to relieve the military pressure on coalition forces in
Iraq, said he would…
www.iht.com/articles/520882.htm

US to remain in Iraq after handover
Xinhua – China
WASHINGTON, May 20 (Xinhuanet) — The United States will remain in Iraq
even after the handover of sovereignty to the country on June 30, White
House spokesman…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/21/content_1481756.htm

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
As of Thursday, May 20, 789 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department
of Defense.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/141/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

RECRUITS unfazed by violence in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… And if he is needed in Iraq, bring it on. … The Pentagon said the
fighting in Iraq has not affected overall recruiting numbers much one
way or the other.…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4785882.html

NEW front in Iraq detainee abuse scandal?
MSNBC – USA
… According to two top US government sources, it is the scene of the
most egregious violations of the Geneva Conventions in all of Iraq‚s
prisons.…
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